The Philips Livable Cities Award 2010/2011 Winners' Projects are Improving Lives of Local Communities Around the World

Winners' blog entries and video diaries as they progress with their projects: Philips Livable Cities Award

From capturing rainwater in Yemen to shade stands in Uganda and mobile street parks in Argentina, the three winners of the Philips Livable Cities Award are changing their communities for the better through their innovative ideas. As their projects gain momentum and are being brought to life, the tangible changes they are having on their respective communities are enhancing livability and benefiting each community.


The three winners – from Yemen, Uganda and Argentina – are recipients of the 2010/2011 Philips Livable Cities Award. The Award program was designed to support innovative ideas that improve the health and well-being of city-dwellers around the world. Philips awarded monetary grants to the three winners to help them bring their projects to life and improve their respective communities through their winning initiatives.


As the winners progress with their projects, they are blogging and creating video diaries at key-stages.




Sabrina Faber – Rainwater Aggregation in Sana’a, Yemen

  • Sabrina’s project is off to a great start with three RAINS systems installed in Sana’a, Yemen
  • Several international donor agencies have expressed interest in her project, including USAID
  • The next goal is to install the RAINS system in Sana’a’s historic Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site

James Kityo – Shade Stands in Kampala, Uganda

  • James’ project has raised awareness around the lack of shades in the city of Kampala, resulting in the Government  following James’ lead and building their first ever shade stands throughout the city
  • Local residents have received the new shade stands very well, with all the stands being regularly used
  • James and his team are working with local authorities to secure further locations for the shades and the project is progressing very well

“This is my first experience to sit in an urban shade which serves a double purpose. It serves the shelter bit and the health education function. For those in Wobulenzi, people will be protected when it rains as they wait for taxis. They will also read the messages about cervical cancer and breast feeding. These shades are informative through health education.” Sarah Nakimbowa, local resident of Wobulenzi Town Council

Manuel Rapoport – Plaza Movil in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Working with experts such as designers and politicians is helping the Plaza Movil project gain momentum and community support
  • A non-profit organization whose mission is to manage and co-ordinate projects aimed at urban integration and social and cultural development is partnering with Manuel to open Plaza Movil in specific neighborhoods
  • Manuel has been meeting and negotiating with neighborhood associations and government officials to gain permission to close the streets in order to bring Plaza Movil to life

The Philips Livable Cities Award is a global initiative designed to generate innovative, meaningful and achievable ideas to improve the health and well-being of city-dwellers across the world. Philips believes in supporting innovative ideas that will enhance cities around the world – not only on a global level through large-scale innovations, but also on a local level, where peoples’ day-to-day lives are improved through meaningful, innovative solutions. The three awardees were presented with monetary grants to bring their ideas to life, and they have now begun to roll out their projects, improving livability in each of their respective local communities.